It’s human nature to take for granted things that happen constantly. People who see beauty or wonder constantly seem to take it for granted after time. Consider the majesty that is the workings of the human body.
This intricate system in each of us is incredible. Just doing something like taking a breath is a work of art, yet is taken for granted.
There are some people out there who don’t take this for granted however. People who suffer from COPD are acutely aware of every breath taken. COPD is actually an umbrella term for several different disease that can affect a person’s lungs. When someone’s lungs don’t function as efficiently or effectively as they have in the past, it’s very noticeable to the affected people. But what is COPD? How can someone spot it? There are many questions about COPD that people are looking for answers with.
Many people want to know more about COPD. As an amalgamation of diseases, it can be confusing to some people. The acronym tends to explain exactly what COPD is. The C is for chronic, implying that the diseases under the umbrella are constant and will not go away easily. The O stands for obstructive, which explains that these diseases don’t allow air to get out of the lungs due to various obstructions. The P stands of pulmonary, which simply means lung diseases. And of course, the D stands for disease.
There are three main diseases that are considered under COPD. The first is emphysema. This is a well known disease that is commonly blamed on cigarette smoking. Essentially, the walls of the lungs get damaged and makes it hard for the lungs to turn oxygen into carbon dioxide. The second disease is chronic bronchitis. With this, breathing tubs in the lungs are chronically inflamed and doesn’t allow people to cough up any mucus from their lungs. Finally, a specific type of asthma referred to as refractory asthma. Unlike other types of asthma, this one does not really respond to medications and thus the airways remain obstructed during an attack.
Unsurprisingly, many of the symptoms of COPD refer to issues with the lungs. When you are looking for COPD, be on the lookout for these symptoms:
There is one main cause of the various diseases that make up COPD. That is irritation to the lungs. While that can come in several forms, there is one form that is by far the most common cause. That is smoking.
People who smoke are typically at great risk of developing the various diseases found in COPD. It doesn’t happen to everyone, but it’s been shown that as many as 30% of people who smoke or are around large amounts of cigarette smoke will develop one of the forms of COPD.
There are other risk factors as well. Many people who are near burning fuel, or volatile chemicals and dust have been known to develop COPD as well. There’s also some cases of genetics being a factor as well.
Unfortunately, there’s not a way to cure COPD. The best that treatments can do is treat the symptoms and attempt to allow the sufferer to breathe more easily. Treatments will vary depending on which branch of COPD the person has. Here are some of the options:
The information contained in this article should not be used to replace the advice, care, diagnosis or treatment from a medical doctor, certified personal trainer, therapist, dietitian, or nutritionist.